If you're someone who works @ home (and actually, don't we all "work" in our homes?) part of the recipe for success is understanding the unique nature and demands of your workplace. For those of us who choose to pursue careers from the comfort of our homes, we contend with some special considerations:
- Our work schedule often doesn't conform to a Monday through Friday routine. I'm actually just as busy on Saturday morning as I'm am on Tuesday afternoon due to the nature of my work.
- Our "colleagues" may be virtual. I actually work with over a hundred people that I've never met "in real life". Many of my supervisors are editors with whom I deal almost exclusively by email or an occasional Skype call, or the writers who contribute to my main website -- a volunteer force of talented folks who share their talents in exchange for promotion of their own projects.
- We share our workspace with folks who don't always "get" what we're about: cranky toddlers, spouses who wonder why we can't get any housework done when we're at home all day, dogs who need to be walked, or kids who come down with illnesses on the only day we have a major meeting planned.
- Our budgets are microscopic. We must often do without, think outside the box, and rise above.
If you've chosen to work from the comfort of your home, I challenge you to ponder the reasons for your choice. I encourage you to do a bit of pondering about your own work environment: the blessings, but also the challenges. If you find yourself repeatedly running into productivity roadblocks, now may be the time to assess those causes for your detours and to work with your team -- your family -- to share about how you might address them. You might be surprised what happens when you communicate with those you love most about your goals and your occasional frustrations.
Your turn: What factors have helped you get your family on board as a component of your productivity @ home success?